Core Module Information
Module title: Management Research

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE11148
Module leader: Maura Sheehan
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management


Description of module content:

Case studies are increasingly being used in many areas of business and management, and it is widely recognised that case research can be powerful in developing, modifying and extending theory in both exploratory and explanatory research designs. However, there can be misunderstanding of the methodological underpinnings of research using case studies. Different methodological perspectives can use case studies in quite different ways. For example, the role of case studies in positivist research is quite different to their use by interpretive researchers.

This module focuses on the methodological underpinnings of case study research and the roles of case studies in different methodological traditions within the diverse fields of business and management. Examples will be provided of both quantitative and qualitative case studies. Categorisations of different methodological bases of case studies will be discussed, and the use of theory in case study research will be explored. In addition, the module will cover the characteristics of good case research design and ways of constructing 'convincing' case studies. The importance and sources of appropriate secondary data in which to provide context to case studies will be emphasised. You will be required to analyse and critique a quantitative or qualitative database of your choice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of the module, students are expected to:

LO1 Critically assess how case study research design is shaped by ontological and epistemological assumptions.

LO2 Critically evaluate how case studies can be used to inform business and management decision making.

LO3 Critically analyse a secondary database and evaluate its role in supporting effective business analysis.

LO4 Analyse the relative strengths and weaknesses of a case study research design in a variety of research contexts.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Maura Sheehan
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 20 3 6 , WORDS= 1000
Project - Written 80 1, 2, 4 14/15 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

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